A 63-year-old rock musician who has the same name as a Revolutionary War figure rode into Kingman on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle Sunday to raise money for a foundation that aids veterans of the Vietnam conflict.
Paul Revere, band leader and keyboard player of Paul Revere and the Raiders, arrived in Kingman Sunday afternoon as part of a nationwide motorcycle ride to sell CDs for $20 apiece to raise money for his Ride to the Wall Foundation.
He began the trek April 18 in Portland, Ore., and is scheduled to conclude the journey with a free concert May 27 at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Revere signed autographs and sold the "Ride to the Wall" CDs Sunday at the Kingman Cycle Harley-Davidson dealership, and left Monday morning for his next stop, in Flagstaff.
Joining him for the ride are drummer Omar Martinez, wife Sydney and trip organizer Keith Cope, who drove a motor home with an attached trailer.
His ride coincides with the 15th annual Rolling Thunder tour in which hundreds of thousands of motorcyclists from all over the world converge in the nation's capital over the Memorial Day weekend.
Participants seek a full accounting for all prisoners of war and those missing in action from the Vietnam War, promote the concerns of the veterans and honor those who served the country during the war, according to a press release.
Participating in his first ride, Revere said a friend urged him to establish a foundation.
Adrian Cronauer, the disc jockey played by Robin Williams in the 1988 movie "Good Morning, Vietnam," in turn put him in touch with the president of Rolling Thunder.
"Everybody's got one (foundation)," Revere said.
"We started dedicating songs to the vets.
… I thought it was overdue for America to say 'thank you' and honor these people who were spit on" when they returned to the States.
One Rolling Thunder rider, Tom Titus, could not make the ride this year for health reasons, Revere said.
Revere said he agreed to ride on Titus' behalf and wore a jacket from the 75th Rangers, who served in Vietnam from 1969 to 1972.
Titus, a decorated Vietnam veteran who lives in Idaho, lost a buddy who died in his arms, Revere said.
"He wanted me to wear the vest and take it to the (Vietnam War) wall and rub it on his friend's name on the wall," Revere said.
Revere, who lives in Boise, Idaho, said he hopes the CD, which contains classic tunes and three songs written by Vietnam vets, will sell as well as his band's biggest hit single, "Indian Reservation," which sold about 4 million copies in 1971.
He expressed sympathy for former U.S.
Bob Kerrey, who recently admitted that civilians were killed during a mission for which he won the Bronze Star while serving in Vietnam in 1969.
"War is hell, and terrible things happen in wars, and you can't control all the things that happened in a war," Revere said.
"If you weren't there, you don't know" what happened.
Revere's band reached its peak with hits such as "Kicks" and "Hungry" during the 1960s, the same decade in which several rock groups used their music to protest the war.
And while his band has been off the charts for three decades, Revere said he maintains a busy schedule.
"We are on the road 200 days (a year) doing concerts," Revere said.
"We play festivals and concerts and state fairs and casinos all over America."
For more information, log on to www.ridetothewall.org.